Revitalizing The Great South Bay And The South Shore

We are The South Shore. The Great South Bay is our bay, our heritage and legacy. Through The Creek Defender Program, Our Bay Friendly Yards initiative, and our focus on habitat restoration through native plantings, we are fighting for our bay and for the villages that sit on its shores.

Our Mission: To revitalize The Great South Bay so that our children and grandchildren can swim, fish, clam and sail this bay just as those before them had.

Please Contact Us to participate in protecting this legacy.

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To Return Our Bay

Together, We Are The South Shore

We are a local 501(c)3 Non-Profit dedicated to revitalizing Great South Bay. We are South Shore residents, past and present, oystermen, fishermen, boaters, surfers, sailors, paddleboarders, environmental advocates, and marine scientists.

Healing Great South Bay is going to take all of us, the many thousands who grew up loving this bay. If we lose our bay, we lose The South Shore and this precious natural gift.  This must not happen on our watch!

We envision one day that the bay, fed by clean fresh water flowing in from its many creeks, will return to its former health. We believe that the investment is worth it, for we are building our own future.

We believe that people will come to understand that restoring nature begins right in their own backyards, and that the chemicals that go on their lawns go into our bay, and even, into our drinking water. We believe that with the right steps to improve water quality, we can help create a $1 billion a year oystering industry, with the oysters themselves helping to filter and clean the bay.

Save Great South Bay’s Facebook group has grown to over 13,000 members. We are in every South Shore town. With our Creek Defender Program, the “Bay Friendly Yards” Pledge and thr Habitat Restoration Program we are set on reviving our bay for today, and for future generations. And there are many ways you can help.

Recent Progress

Here’s what we’ve been up to recently.  Come to our events.   Defend your local creek!  Plant a “swamp forest” of native plants.   Or – if you can’t go in and get dirty yourself, then please donate.   We broke this bay through unmanaged growth and habitat destruction.  We have to fix it.

Support SGSB Via Amazon Smile Year Round!

November 26, 2018

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Save The Great South Bay Facebook Demographics

November 25, 2018

Our Facebook Group has some interesting demographics, as per Facebook itself — age, gender, location, and frequency of posting. All this data matters as we… Read more

Post-Sandy, Why Are We Still Building?

October 30, 2018

What will it take for Long Island to have a sensible development strategy given the inevitability of future storms and sea level rise? Six years… Read more

The Great South Bay Paddle Board Race – Poetry in Motion

August 27, 2018

On August 26th, the 4th Annual Great South Bay Paddle Board Race was held, as it is every year, at The Bay Shore Yacht Club,… Read more

From a Island To a Nation – If we were a country, we’d be the 96th most populated ahead of Israel

July 28, 2018

I stumbled on this GEM of a Video produced by Newsday in the 60’s. A time where fish and clams and oysters were so abundant… Read more

United by Water – The Cause of Our Times

July 20, 2018

Up to 60% of the human body is water. The world is comprised of 71% water. Simply put— we are beings made of water living… Read more

Where to Find “Drink The Bay Clean”

July 17, 2018

Exciting days here! Drink The Bay Clean is now widely available at retail beverage stores all over Suffolk County! We have so far 32 retail… Read more

A Trip To Blue Island Oyster Farm

July 4, 2018

While Blue Island Oysters has its hatchery in West Sayville, its oyster farm is off Captree.   And last Friday was my day to visit. In… Read more

New York and New Jersey Government leading the Ecological charge for our NY/NJ area bays, rivers and estuaries. It’s True!

June 26, 2018

Facts: 2018 Cuomo Priority: Full PCB Clean Up of the Hudson River Cuomo Announces $10.4 Mil to Clean LI’s Waters With Shellfish A New Start… Read more

Pumpouts in The Great South Bay: Are Boaters Pumping or Dumping? STOP POO-LLUTION!

June 19, 2018

Pumping out sewage from boats might not be appealing but is obviously necessary if lavatory facilities are utilized onboard. The proper use of pumpout stations… Read more

New York and New Jersey: A Bridge to Success. We are all deeply connected to the waters we share

June 18, 2018

Before co-founding Save The Great South Bay, in 1999 I married and moved to Northern New Jersey.  Having been a lifelong Long Islander and a… Read more

South Shore Paddleboards: A Friend of SGSB!

May 24, 2018

This video was shot just days before a fire from a nearby business shuttered Karen’s store. She has now camped her business at The Long… Read more

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